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HUD Announces $12M in Renewal Grants for Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez on Thursday announced $12 million in renewal grants for permanent housing and supportive services as part of the department's Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS program. The grants will help subsidize 14 existing programs in 13 states, offering housing assistance to 4,092 people and support services to 3,032 people, and are expected to generate private and public funding from other sources. HOPWA distributes 90% of its funds by formula to cities and states based on the number of AIDS cases reported by the CDC. Martinez said, "Housing is a critical part of caring for those living with HIV/AIDS. HUD is committed to helping these families find a permanent place to call home while providing the services necessary to help them." HUD plans to announce another $17.5 million in grants later this year to subsidize new programs and to offer technical assistance. The Bush Administration has proposed allocating an addition $15 million to the HOPWA program in 2003 (HUD release, 10/31).
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